Joey Rickard, 28, was another player non-tendered by the Giants. You probably haven’t heard of him but he joined the Giants in June of last year as one of their back-up outfielders after spending some time with the Orioles.
He is a light-hitter (82 OPS+ in parts of 4 MLB seasons) but he could provide the Rockies with some outfield depth. In the past three seasons, he has had 13 fDRS and while he hasn’t stolen a lot of bases, Statcast has him in the 83rd percentile for sprint speed so he could be a good defensive replacement late in games for the Rockies.
MLBTR’s Matt Swartz projected that he would make $1.1 million in arbitration but I suspect that the Rockies could get him for less than that, perhaps even a MiLB deal with a spring invite.
The Milwaukee Brewers non-tendered a lot of players to free up some payroll space and one of them was Travis Shaw.
Shaw, 29, had an awful 2019 season. In 86 games, he hit .157/.281/.270 with a 45 OPS+. That coupled with the fact that he was projected to make $4.7 million in arbitration is why the Brewers let him loose.
However, in both 2017 and 2018, he was a key offensive cog for the Brewers as he averaged 32 home runs and 94 RBI with a .258/.347/.497 slash between the two seasons (296 games).
His primary position is third base and he’s obviously not displacing Nolan Arenado but he has played more than a combined 60 games at first and second base in the past two seasons so he could provide the Rockies with a platoon at either position or a powerful bench bat.